February 6th, 2008
09:38 AM ET
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No rest for Clinton, Obama; 7 more contests fast approach

 Sen. Hillary Clinton celebrates with her supporters Tuesday night in New York.

Sen. Hillary Clinton celebrates with her supporters Tuesday night in New York.

(CNN) - With Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton almost even in delegate counts, the two Democratic presidential candidates will focus on several weekend contests and then a trio of primaries in the Washington area next Tuesday.

Super Tuesday delivered a split decision for the Democrats. CNN estimates showed Clinton earned a handful more delegates than Obama, who surprised observers by taking states where the senator from New York had large polling leads until recently.

The latest estimate gave Clinton 582 of the 1,681 delegates at stake Tuesday, compared with 562 for Obama. It will take time to determine the final distribution because of complicated formulas.

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  1. darlene napier


    February 6, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Phyllis/ PA

    Initially, I found senator Obama's speeches inspirational. Now, I find them boring, He says the same things over, over, and over again. I now turn him off as. I am hungry for some beef.

    February 6, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. matt UK

    obama won all the states where the dems have no chance of winning in november.

    clinton's support is higher where it counts.

    February 6, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. EJ, Portland,Maine

    Take race and gender out of it and compare their resumes side by side. Who is the best candidate for the job? Who is the most capable of cleaning up the Bush mess? Clinton, no question. Give Obama a few more years experience, plus time to establish relationships on an international level and he'll be ready for the presidency in 2016.

    Obama can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk? Clinton has proven she can do both.

    February 6, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Concerned

    Come ON people, seriously. It is about WINNING the White House!! It is about keeping a majority in Congress!! Talk about Hillary's policy all you like, but when she loses the General Election it won't matter what policies she wanted. Besides, you should actually LOOK for yourself and you'll see that Obama has plenty of policy in him. Like I said before though, that won't matter if you nominate her to LOSE in the general AND the congressional battle.

    This is NOT the kind of time I want to be able to say "I told you so." It's far too important. So, do the right thing and vote for OBAMA.

    February 6, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. NR

    For over 200 years, this country is rules by men. If men and women have equal rights what happen to them. I think, there is no better women candidate than Hillary right now. This should not be the man's world everywhere when women and men are sharing the lives and loves. More women must stand and more men should support that. Common Gentlemen!! – by Gentleman.

    February 6, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Marle

    I have always been a fan of CNN and thought they were basically fair with their commentary...but seems you are trying to keep up with MSNBC and FOX with anti Hillary people and commentators thinking this is what people want...
    The coverage has been terrible this year with the anti HILLARY not looking into the underpinnings of what is behind the RED state victories of Obama whoever thinks for a minute that Alaska or Kansas etc etc are voting in Democratic column come Nov...Let's be real...
    400 people in Alaska pick the candidate....comeon
    Just as here in Nebraska we have our caucauses Saturday...Where are the primaries so we can pull the lever and vote...PLEASE bring democracy back to the process....

    February 6, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Trey in Illinois

    Dem of NJ–I am offended that you would say that just because an African American votes for another African American that it is a racist vote. I am African American and yes I did vote for Obama but not because of the color of his skin. Over the past few months I have researched the policies of all the candidates (Democrat and Republican). I also know of several African Americans that have done the same that I did in order to make the most informed decision with regards to what candidate they felt most represents their beliefs with in the direction that they want the country to go. Not all of them voted for Obama. I do believe if Obama were white he would have still got more votes than Edwards. The bottom line is his message of uniting the country. In the Illinois state Senate he worked with Democrats and Republicans on several bills. I hold Hillary in a very high regard but she doesn't best represent my beliefs.

    February 6, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. matt UK

    how do i keep supporting hillary?!!??!

    by preferring substance over style, policy over poetry.

    this is not some mtv hip-hop generation fad. it's an election for the toughest job in the world, where speaking and making kids feel good is not high on the list of responsibilities, like it or not.

    February 6, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. BlackContractor

    Folks, calm down. We want a Democrat in November to win the general. You guys argue like Republicans. I am an Obama supporter. But nothing irks me more than hearing Hillary Clinton being referred to as "Shillary or Billary". That is rude and insulting.

    The Democrats have two brilliant candidates. I want Obama to win, but I would not be disappointed in seeing the first woman president. The issue is that we cannot let McCain win. That is why I lean towards Obama. But if Hillary wins the nomination, everyone should throw their full support behind her. Because the Republicans are salivating at the chance to run against her. That is why they give her free press in ads and in debates.

    We have to be prepared if that happens, they are going to go to work immediately on consolidating the party and rebuilding the hatred of the Clintons.

    We should not help. Especially since it is more than likely she will be our nominee. For her against McCain, it will be twice as hard to win the general.

    February 6, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Obamanon Supporter!

    As a woman i find this statement hilarious :"let our mothers run the household"

    i suppose this is in reference to Billary? She can't even run her OWN household.
    No thanks. If she does win the nomination, I'd happily vote for McCain.

    February 6, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. matt UK

    cnn- just because you may not like what i have to say in my valid points, doesn't mean you should censor them. next your motto will be 'fair and balanced'

    February 6, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Tracy

    Hello, my question is for Hillary Clinton. Regarding health care she wants socialized medicine. If this goes through, won't there be a shortage of doctors and hospitals? There already seems to be a shortage of doctors in the US, and if everyone has "free" coverage, the doctors and hospitals will become flooded and I feel poor care and waiting months for an apt. will occur as result.

    Thank you.

    Tracy of Medford, NJ

    February 6, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Barbara, New Jersey


    February 6, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Linda

    Well said, Matt UK!

    February 6, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Beth

    I'm old enough to remember what Hilary Clinton did and has done since she has been in and around Congress. One event was her HEALTH CARE project while her husband was in office . Do you all remember what happend? There were polls from all over the country, lots of research, and many meetings. What happend to all of that research and input? There are many things that I agree with her with, but I have my doubts about her ability to execute. It's not enough for a candidate to promise, he or she must take action when the time is at hand.

    February 6, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. matt UK

    oh and i keep supporting hillary because i'm not afraid of republicans. we should beat them with our true colours shining, not by pandering to them. not after 8 years of GEORGE W BUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    February 6, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Steven Mather

    Clinton = been there, done that, involved in the real issues for years, seasoned politician, wants change and knows how to make it happen

    Obama = That's news to me, Wow, really, That's how it works. But I want change, oh, you can't do that. me change now.

    February 6, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. BCNU purple state, usa

    I love the HillWhiners always talking about 'it's not fair' the way she's being covered. Just like kids in the schoolyard, when it's not going your way...cry and say it's unfair!

    The reason there is so much negative reported about her could possibly be ...hold on ...wait a minute....because there IS so much negative about her. Did you ever think of that?

    February 6, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. carol

    Add Florida and Michigan to the mix Obama has nothing. He is to afraid to debate her again he may have to talk about the issues he knows nothing about. Hate to break it to all of you there are a lot more women than blacks and a few white men idiots. Obama was not running against a Republican in those little bitty states he won. Obama was running in a primary, we have a primary every four years in those states and we always have a Democrat winner, so quit patting yourself on the back, and also cacus states give me a break with 500 people voting, That sounds like a big when by 200 votes. I have always been a democrat but Obama will never get my vote, I WILL VOTE REPUBLICAN.

    February 6, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Chris

    Yes but the turnout for the democrats in the states where dems have no chance was far greater than the republican turnout for the states where dems have no chance.

    Therefore, the dems have a chance in the states where dems have no chance.

    February 6, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. wdn

    If hillary will be the nominee, the party will lose the election.
    Hillary use the same srategy of bush by spliting the country in to liberals and conservatives.
    If you have an extrem conservative today , it's cause by bill clinton., and you choose hillary today it will the same thing after.
    If you want to overcome all the challenges you need to be unite and obama as the right message on the right time.
    Hillary is politician and all thew thing which is interest her is being president.
    stop about talking african american , white latino their are all americans.

    February 6, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. rich

    I think I'm representative of a lot of voters. I strongly support Obama for President, but win NEVER EVER vote for Hillary Clinton. I would rather bite my lip and vote for McCain. About 60% of the voting electorate cannot stand Clinton. She is totally unelectable. The Republicans are the only party who seem to understand electability. Democrats will shoot themselves in the foot again if they nominate Clinton.

    February 6, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Steve Powell

    For All U Latinos & Asians Who Voted 4 Hillary:

    I sense some of you are delighting in the fact that you voted for Sen. Clinton – because most Asians and Latinos don't like Blacks.

    Isn't it ironic that the very people who forged the path for you, gaining the very liberties that you now take for granted on your behalf (because you were incapable of earning them for yourselves) are now the object of your scorn and disdain?

    Next time you drop your children off at a school where they sit next to White kids or park your BMW on the driveway of a $200K+ house, or even the very act of casting a vote this election season, remember one thing, YOU OWE US BLACKS FOR THE LIBERTIES YOU ENJOY. No, you did not earn them yourselves. We earn them for you.

    So next time some of you want to mouth off about choosing not to vote for a Black candidate, just remember the debt you owe us. Wise Up!

    February 6, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    To Obama Supporters:

    It's pretty obvious by now that the people supporting Hillary are PRIMARILY uneducated, ignorant and misinformed. Just look at the exit polls. Let's not bother getting into an argument with them. Let's ignore the tired attacks and focus on getting the word out to the people in Texas and the next round of states that YES WE CAN in November!!!

    February 6, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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